Rules of engagement: how sensitive concerns are hidden from drug trials

Alan, a 28-year-old man who experiencing hair loss, is participating in the Propecia clinical trial. Alan brings high hopes that the new drug will stop hair loss. An investigator examines Alan’s scalp and hair, recording figures on a form. She asks Alan if he experienced any side effects. None, he replies. He is then given a form to fill out…

The view from the Overton window

The Overton window describes the range of policy ideas currently acceptable to the public. The range moves over time: policies that were unthinkable a decade ago might be under discussion today. For example, marijuana legalization used to be a symbol of membership in the counterculture and dealing pot could result in a jail sentence. Today, … Read more